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Step Into the Dammit Run this Saturday!

Here's everything you need to know about one of the best little races in the South Bay!

 

Runners and walkers participating in Saturday's at will surely accomplish their goal of building overall strength and more powerful legs for future distances and inclines.

The 5-mile race, whose proceeds benefit local sports programs, takes place at 8:30 a.m. at the Los Gatos High School track, and continues down the, climbing up to Lexington Reservoir.

Named after Lexington Dam, participants reach the crest of the hill half way up the race. The course actually offers three ascending hills, perfect for those training for short and long distances who want the strenuous workout to translate into faster running and more endurance.

Runners will cross the face of the dam, head up the Jones Trail and traverse back down the trail to Jones Road. They will then proceed to College Avenue and back to the trail before heading back to the Los Gatos High School track.

The run attracts about 800 runners every year who enjoy various post-race vendor booths, a raffle (prizes are donated by local merchants), refreshments, music and fun.

Race-day registration begins at 6:30 a.m. with a race start of 8:30 a.m.

Awards are given to the top 10 finishers in the following divisions: High School Boys and Girls, Open Men and Women, Men and Women 30-34, 35-39, 40-44 and 45-49. The top five male and female finishers in the 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-and-over and heavyweight divisions receive awards.

All finishers receive ribbons and the West Valley Track Club provides computerized results.

The cost for entry is $35 if you want a Coolmax shirt, and $20 without the shirt. T-shirts alone are priced at $20, and will be sold at the track on race day or in advance at Athletic Performance, 55 W. Main St., Los Gatos.

The race's title sponsors this year are  Los Gatos Athletic Association.

Jesse Ducker August 10, 2012 at 06:43 PM
A great event for an excellent cause. Hopefully more people than ever turn out this year.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 06:56 PM
I'm walking this tomorrow due to an injury, but I'm doing the entire 5 miles, whatever it takes! I'll be wearing my green Patch T-shirt. If you see me, say hello! Good luck to all the runners, walkers, wheelchair athletes out there who will attempt the climb to the dam!
Sharon Childs August 10, 2012 at 07:48 PM
This is a great local race put on by a group of dedicated people led by Bruce Springbett. It's gonna be another hot one!
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz August 10, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Can't do runs or walks anymore. But for those that can ENJOY! It truly is for a good cause! Go Sheila, Go!
AR August 10, 2012 at 09:29 PM
this event would be much more popular if they added longer distances. for most intermediate runners, five miles is approximately a half hour run. it just doesn't seem worth it to bother with all the crowds etc for such a short distance
Mckenna Smith August 10, 2012 at 09:32 PM
It's for hill running, not long distance.
Bonnie Westman August 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM
My 19 year old son and his friends spent the afternoon making tie-dye shirts to wear when they run the race. Good luck to everyone!

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